Days after an embarrassing defeat on home soil, India got revenge by beating England by 317 runs in Chennai's M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday to level the series.
Indian spin bowler Axar Patel worked some magic on the fourth day of the second test, picking apart the visitors' batting order almost at will with a five-wicket haul on his debut.
Batsmen Rohit Sharma (161) and Ravichandran Ashwin (106) put India in a commanding position, both scoring centuries. In its first innings, India – captained by Virat Kohl – clocked 482 runs, giving England skipper Joe Root something to think about as his team took the crease. However, his men only managed a total of 134 runs.
On top of taking eight wickets, Indian spinner Ashwin scored his fifth test century.
England registered an emphatic 227-run win over India in the opening test in Chennai city, but with the test now level, the momentum appears to be in India's favour.
Twitter is abuzz with congratulatory messages for Team India.
Indian cricket board (BCCI) tweeted, "That winning feeling! Smiles all round."
That winning feeling! 👌👌— BCCI (@BCCI) February 16, 2021
Smiles all round as #TeamIndia beat England in the second @Paytm #INDvENG Test at Chepauk to level the series 1-1. 👏👏
Scorecard 👉 https://t.co/Hr7Zk2kjNC pic.twitter.com/VS4rituuiQ
Congratulations #TeamIndia for the historic victory at #Chepauktest Chennai against England in Second Test.MindBlowing performance by Indian https://t.co/ZNk4EEC8rl of the Match - Ashwin.#IndiavsEngland pic.twitter.com/BEm9HF8hO3— Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan (@DrTamilisaiGuv) February 16, 2021
Congratulating Team India, one fan wrote "Indian team made a strong comeback after losing the first Test," while another tweeted: "A dominating win for #TeamIndia to level #IndiavsEngland test series. While Rohit Sharma helped set up a good first innings total."
A dominating win for #TeamIndia to level #IndiavsEngland test series. While Rohit Sharma helped set up a good first innings total, it was the all-round performance of Ashwin which stood out in the game. Good debut for Axar Patel as he picked up a 5 wicket haul.#INDvENG @BCCI pic.twitter.com/ZmxFDz1N3q— Parimal Nathwani (@mpparimal) February 16, 2021
The next of two remaining matches will start on 24 February.